Today the Rollin RN is tackling AUTONOMIC DYSREFLEXIA and if you already know about it, then it’s time for a review! It’s one of those focuses that always should to be in the forefront of any spinal cords injury topics but I haven’t seen an article lately, so here is mine. When I taught nursing students, I preferred to train from experience and this article is no different.
What happens when the “cheerleader” gets ill, that is, your caregiver can’t perform his/her duties due to illness? Difficult question…
Believe me, nothing about being in a wheelchair or needing a titanium frame is a luxury. Wheelchairs are expected to last from three to five years before insurance covers another. My wheelchair is part of me. It gets a lot of wear and tear and needs to be replaced more often than insurance allows. I could go on and on. I am not a complainer. I do, however, feel the need to inform decision-makers that it’s time to ask questions, do research, investigate issues that desperately need to be addressed in all aspects of healthcare, not just insurance, both locally and nationally.
Moving into this new existence took time, plenty of patience, and LOTS of understanding, tears, anger, and sadness. Transitioning into a life of being differently- abled isn’t effortless; it takes time and labor to evolve in a comfortable pathway for all involved. But it does happen if, and only if, you allow it to.
With the movie, “Me Before You” coming out, the topic of assisted suicide seems appropriate. I remember the first time…
I am feeling fantastic! VSG is a procedure similar to but is not a gastric bypass. Hate me for “cheating” if you want, but it was what I needed to do for me and my situation. There is a stereotype that people who seek weight loss surgery are lazy and don’t want to try to lose weight on their own. However, my case was desperate.
I could move my head, my arms worked, my fingers stirred, I could sense my legs when I physically palpated them but I was unable to move my toes ….nope, nothing. OK, so I may be a paraplegic. My mind-set then was, “There are worse things in life than not being able to walk.” It was at that exact moment I had to choose my reaction to my disability. I could see the hurt and the anger on my husband’s face. All of our future plans were now dissolving at that exact moment.
We need to make more of an effort to improve our lives via the significant human interactions we all need to sustain our mental and physical health. Studies show that social interaction is necessary to prevent depression, as well as the positive physical effects of touch, eye to eye contact and mental stimulation we gain by actually being in the physical presence of others.
By taking a holistic approach on my health – I lost 35lbs, had great energy and felt healthier than I had ever felt before. The most amazing part though – is that I’ve managed to maintain this in my everyday life since… and let me tell you, it feels like an EPIC accomplishment!
You may know or have heard about people who are successful, who seem to “have it all,” but who are unhappy and unfulfilled with themselves and life. We wonder how this can be. It is likely that these people are living their lives through their false selves most if not all of the time. As such, they feel a deep sense of lack and sadness even in the face of success and social gains.